Archive for June, 2009

2009
24
Jun
21:00

what a trooper!

   Posted by: arcanai    in love my husband, pix

hubby made it through his surgery with flying colors.  he actually had a great night and no pain to speak of this morning, with no pain meds since yesterday afternoon.  we got to the surgical center just after noon and nightingale quickly took him back and began prepping him for surgery.  before long, she had them call me back to be with him and assured me that she had him “cover his junk” while she was prepping him because, afterall, she had to look his wife in the eye.  :-D   when i got back there, they had him in an air-filled suit with his own temperature adjuster.  even his legs had inflated warmers wrapped around them.

feeling gooood!

feeling gooood!

all warm and comfy

all toasty and comfy, right down to the inflated leg warmers

he was happy and feeling good with whatever they put in that iv.  we sat and talked for over an hour, joking and having fun.  nightingale hung around for a while but had to clock out and leave the building when he was wheeled back to the o.r.  apparently they take a strong stance on being over on hours.  i got one last shot of us together before i had to go back to the waiting room. 

me and the drugged up lunch lady

me and the drugged up lunch lady

the dr was wonderfully nice (they all were, it helps to have friends in high places).  she came out and spoke to me just before she went in to perform the operation and then she came back out afterward to tell me how it went and let me take pix of the stone.  she reassured me that the surgery was the right thing to do since the stone was still lodged in the exact same place as it was on both ct scans.  it was 5mm and not going anywhere. 

the procedure itself only took about thirty minutes but then he was in recovery another thirty minutes before they let me go back to be with him again.  this was when i first got back there.  he was still knocked out and his inflatable gown totally made him look like he had man-6006s.  it was only about forty minutes later that we got out of there and headed back home.

6006y husband not quite awake yet after surgery

6006y husband not quite awake yet after surgery

of course, on the way home, i had to stop to get yet another script filled for him (has there been a day this whole weekend that i didn’t go to the pharmacy?  they’ve got to think i’m some sort of drugg!e).  when we got home, we headed straight for bed.  he’s been sleeping ever since and i’ve been snuggling him and watching over him.  i hope that he starts feeling better now but i have a feeling that’s not really going to happen until he goes back next week to get the stent out.

and now, what you’ve all been waiting for…  i give you, the little b@$t@rd that caused my husband so much pain and misery for the last month: 

with my pinky for size perspective

with my pinky for size perspective

up close and personal with the little b@$t@rd

up close and personal with the little b@$t@rd

2009
23
Jun
20:43

alone but still no stone

   Posted by: arcanai    in love my husband

sylvis and peach headed back to orlando this morning to play with writersblock before their flight home in the morning.  hubby spent the day nauseated.  i worked on and off all day and night trying to get caught back up between taking care of my husband.  i even donated blood while waiting on one of his prescriptions to be filled.  while i would much rather for him to pass the stone without surgery, i am so relieved to know that it will be done with tomorrow afternoon, one way or the other.  the constant pain has worn him down and my constant concern and helplessness has worn me down.

2009
22
Jun
23:11

monday, painful monday

   Posted by: arcanai    in love my husband, pix

we went to the urologist this morning.  nightingale, who i’ve been texting for medical advice non-stop since thursday, had gotten hubby an appointment with the head of the urological center.  she told me last night not to let him eat or drink after midnight and i think the plan was to take him straight into surgery this morning.  remember how bloated hubby was last night?  he sweat off five pounds during the night.  his fever was gone, the bloating was minimal, and he had no pain.  he wasn’t sure whether he needed to go in to the dr or not so he called as soon as the office opened.  they told him that it sounded as though the stone had probably passed into the bladder but they still wanted him to come in because of all the water retention.  they told him he should eat.  we got there, waited forever and a year, and the pain came back in full force while we sat in the waiting room.  of course, when we got in to see the dr, they were all ready to take him to the surgical center to take care of things once and for all.  and then they asked when he last ate.  within minutes, nightingale was texting me that she knew he didn’t eat because she told us so many times not to let him eat!  oops.  i told her that the dr’s office had told him to… it wasn’t my fault… promise!  i suppose it was all for the better anyhow.  hubby got a better explanation of what the surgery would entail and freaked and begged for some extra time to try to pass the stone on his own.  the doc told him to double up some of his meds and scheduled him for surgery on wednesday, if needed.  so, after almost an entire day at the doctor’s,  i took my hubby home in much the same condition as he started. 

while we were gone, sylvis and peach had a good time yakking and playing on the beach

peach yakkin'

peach yakkin'

sylvis yakkin'

sylvis yakkin'

after hubby had gotten home and gotten easy again, he wanted to try to get a little exercise.  we started out for a walk but only made it a quarter mile or so before he was doubling over again.  on the way back, i walked by his side with my arm around him for support.  my poor guy. 

playing with cobalt's macro mode

playing with cobalt's macro mode

propping up my love

propping up my love

obligatory beach sunset pic

obligatory beach sunset pic

2009
21
Jun
22:37

shell island

   Posted by: arcanai    in creatures in the backyard, love my husband, pix, playing around

hubby managed to sleep a few hours at a time last night after starting the new pain meds.  this morning he was even feeling well enough to brave a trip over to shell island.  in all the time we’ve lived here, i’ve never been there.  i’ve heard nice things about it.  and i’ve really wanted to go because so many people have said that the dolphins gather around the snorkelers and i was excited at the thought of snorkeling with dolphins.  anyhow, we packed up all of our stuff and took the ferry over to the island.  there was a long walk along the jetty to get from the bay side to the gulf side.
how do you roll a cooler on water?

how do you roll a cooler on water?

when we got to the gulf, we set up our little sun tent and donned our snorkeling equipment.  hubby thought that he could do a little light snorkeling but this was about as far as he got before he started spasming in pain again. 
hubby's extremely brief attempt at snorkeling

hubby's extremely brief attempt at snorkeling

since pain spasms and underwater don’t mix well, hubby went back to the sun tent to take another pain pill while we three snorkeled a bit.  sadly, no dolphins flocked to us.

sylvis-fish

sylvis-fish

i have no idea what this little guy was.  he was probably about six feet below us and this was the best pic i could snap of him.  when i tried to dive down to get a closer look, he freaked and bolted.  the pic isn’t very plain but he really looked like a teeny-tiny shark from the water surface. 
tiny shark-looking-guy

tiny shark-looking-guy

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peach-fish

peach-fish

my poor hubby spent the whole time missing me like crazy.  or not… 

this is how hubby spent our snorkel time

this is how hubby spent our snorkel time

we spent much longer out there than i expected.  i think we all spent some time napping in the tent.  it was wonderfully relaxing.   when we finally packed up and walked back to the ferry landing, we had a bit of a wait.  peach found a nice cool seat while we were waiting.  shortly thereafter, he had to give it up to hubby so that he could lay down and writhe in pain a bit. 

peach was very fond of his new raft

peach was very fond of his new raft

much like the dolphins, the gators were also a no-show.  however, the stop at alligator lake did give me the opportunity to try out the cool face detection self-portrait feature on cobalt.  i turned it on, pressed the button, and took my time getting in place.   when i turned my head and looked at the camera, it recognized the new face and took three consecutive shots.  what a cool frikkin feature!!!

testing out the face-detection timer

testing out the face-detection timer

i’m glad that we were able to get out and have a few good hours with our guests.  by the time we got back home, hubby was feeling terrible again.  a few hours ago, he spiked a fever.  a few minutes ago, i came into the room to find him asking for a scale.  i brought the scale into the bathroom and when he got out of bed i noticed that his torso and face were swollen, his stomach distended.  he stepped on the scale and was eight pounds heavier than normal.  that’s eight pounds of water bloating that came out of nowhere.  i’m very concerned and will be watching him carefully throughout the night.

2009
21
Jun
2:09

emergency room and spinnaker

   Posted by: arcanai    in love my husband, pix

after a third night/day of watching my poor boy writhe in pain on the bathroom floor, i dragged him to the emergency room this morning.  it was a long, frustrating, and ultimately useless affair.  basically, they said the original pain med wasn’t strong enough, prescribed him another, and told us to call the on-call urologist first thing monday.  um… i’m not in the medical field but i always thought that when a dr was on-call, it meant that the hospital calls them when a patient is in need.  if it was no big deal, we would have waited until monday on our own.  i was ticked.  i was texting back and forth with nightingale who agreed that it made no sense.  unfortunately, there was nothing we could do.  we filled the new script on our way home this afternoon and were pleased that it seemed to help.  after making sure that it was doing its job of controlling his pain, we decided to take our guests out for a night on the town.  around 22:00, we headed to spinnaker, our favorite hangout.

a tattooed stranger, peach, sylvis, hubby

a tattooed stranger, peach, sylvis, hubby

hubby heard that lemons and limes help break up kidney stones

hubby heard that lemons and limes help break up kidney stones

sylvis and me

sylvis and me

loving on my poor, sick husband

loving on my poor, sick husband

sylvis and peach are ballroom dancers

sylvis and peach are ballroom dancers

showoffs!

showoffs

2009
19
Jun
23:20

rough day, mellow-newby’s night

   Posted by: arcanai    in love my husband, pix

another rough night and day for hubby.  i spent a little time at the beach with sylvis and peach before hubby texted me begging me to come back up. 
i think peach's big smile has something to do with the bottom in the background on the left

i think peach's big smile has something to do with the chick to the left of the umbrella

the rest of the afternoon was spent on the bathroom floor rubbing my hubby’s back and generally trying to give him any comfort i could.  i finally convinced him to take some of the pain meds that were prescribed to him so he was able to get out a bit tonight.  we’re losing another brit tomorrow so we met up with mello and hairy for a little sendoff celebration for hairy.  we started at mellow mushroom for a snack.

mello and hairy

mello and hairy

peach and sylvis

peach and sylvis

peach, sylvis, and mello worshipping the magic shroom

peach, sylvis, and mello worshipping the magic shroom

we then walked across the street to ms. newby’s to listen to some music and hangout.  we had a good time.

sylvis and me at newby's

sylvis and me at newby's

love hairy's captain pose, mello, hubby, and sylvis at newby's

love hairy's captain pose, mello, hubby, and sylvis at newby's

i’m glad we got out some but by the time we got home, hubby was hurting pretty good again.  i’m guessing it’s going to be another crappy night…

last night was a lousy night.  hubby has had pain in his lower abdomen for several weeks now, he who hates going to the doctors had been twice in the last two weeks.  last night it changed; it moved to his kidney and was bad enough to make him sick.  i spent several hours on the bathroom floor with him, trying to make him more comfortable.  work at 07:00 was not fun.  hubby went to the doctors (again!) while i worked and waited for our house guests to arrive.  they sent him to the urgent care center for a ct scan and diagnosed him with a 3mm kidney stone in the uvj just above the bladder.  he made it home just as i was helping our guests with their luggage in the parking garage.  i finished out the work day and we hung out with our friends who we have not seen in two years

happily, my camera finally arrived too.  she is sleek and shiny i shall call her cobalt canon.

reflections of cobalt

reflections of cobalt

 we had to leave work a bit early to go to the dentist for our cleanings.  sylvis accompanied us and then we took her to our running store so that she could get herself some new running shoes before the bridge run.  peach met us at the parking lot right before the run.  sylvis and i stayed together going over the bridge.  ironically, i slowed down for her.  by the time we started back over, however, the heat was taking its toll on me.  it was 113 with the heat index – by far the hottest whether i have EVER tried to be active in – and i started blacking out.  i let sylvis go on ahead and i slowed down.  every time i tried to speed up, i blacked out.  by the fourth time, i found myself stumbling into the railing and decided it wasn’t worth pushing myself to the point of passing out.  by that time, sylvis was already out of my range anyhow so i slowed to a walk and took my time getting back to the parking lot.  so there you have it, my first time having friends for the bridge run and they totally smoked me.  ah well, such is life.  i think my running is going on sabbatical for the summer.  i seriously cannot deal with such heat. 

after the bridge, we went to the concert in the park where we ended up meeting up with mello, nightingale, faith, and a couple other runners. 

hubby, sylvis, and peach

hubby, sylvis, and peach

me and hubby chillin' at the park

me and hubby chillin' at the park

hangin' with the runners

hangin' with the runners

 when we got back home, it was time for some mariokart action.  i wasn’t even dead last every time! 

mariokart time!

mariokart time!

2009
15
Jun
21:58

splishin’ and-a splashin’, splashin’ and-a dashin’

   Posted by: arcanai    in love my husband, pix

saturday was the 2009 splash and dash race at the naval base.  it was a 1/4 mile swim and 5k run.  i had planned on doing it with my hubby but since i twisted my knee by tripping over the ladder when i was painting the week before, i didn’t register to race for fear of reinjury.  i had really wanted to…  i’m glad i didn’t.  while i am certain that i could have totally done the quarter mile swim and 5k run, i’m also aware that i would have been slow.  and these people were ATHLETES.  as in… my poor boy, who is totally in shape and athletic, was near the back of the pack.  the awards ceremony would have been over and everyone gone home by the time i would have finished.  to say i was intimidated by this crowd would be an understatement. 

however, this post is not about me.  it’s about my awesome husband and what a terrific job he did on his first swim/run race. 

numbered up and ready to race

numbered up and ready to race

getting in the mental game in his yellow head-c0nd0m

getting in the mental game in his yellow head-c0nd0m

faith, hubby, and scooter waiting for the start

faith, hubby, and scooter waiting for the start

 it was a mass start meaning approximately one hundred racers got in the water and treaded in the middle of the channel until the whistle blew.  suddenly, it was just arms everywhere! 

sea of arms

sea of arms

this is the first race he’s done that included a transition of any kind so there was definitely a learning curve.  his official time was 42:10, which includes the transition.  i timed him myself so that i could tell him his swim time and figure out his transition time.  his swim was 10:10:72 which was significantly faster than the training he’d been doing at home.  his transition was just over three minutes so there is room for improvement there now that he knows how it’s done (not to mention that he cut his foot open on a shell getting out of the water).

fish outta water

fish outta water

transitioning

transitioning

running off

running off

even though the swim was faster than his training, hubby was a bit discouraged to be so close to the back when he got out of the water.  however, his run made him feel much better as he was able to pass several people on his legs. 

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here comes hubby!

 

this was a great thumbs-up pic but for my phone's delayed response

this was a great thumbs-up pic but for my phone's delayed response

he finished 80 overall.  considering these were military folks and serious athletes and that this was hubby’s first transition race, i think he did super!  and, more importantly, he had fun. 

and, even more importantly than that, i got the wicked cool shirt because he ordered too small!!!

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2009
12
Jun
21:51

slow bridge to nowhere

   Posted by: arcanai    in getting healthy

last night was my favorite bridge yet!  why?  because i didn’t run and i wasn’t alone.  it rawked!  since i had just stopped limping from the twisted knee last weekend, i was planning on taking it pretty slow anyhow.  and then, just before we left, my belly got very upset making me even more apprehensive about putting too much effort into it.  luckily, when we got there, nightingale mentioned that she was considering walking because her stomach was hurting.  and then tat got there and said the same thing.  and then yoda showed up with her little ankle-biter and said she would be walking since the dog couldn’t keep up with a run.  so i got to be part of a comfortably walking foursome.  having conversation was such a refreshing change for the bridge!  we only walked half of it, turning around shortly before reaching the top because the dog was having a tough time climbing the hill. 

after a little of the parking lot hangout, we headed to our plaza for their summer concert in the park series.  we set up our lawn chairs and grabbed a bag of five guys and had a nice picnic while listening to good music in the park with thousands of our closest neighbors.  it was a good night.

2009
10
Jun
20:17

moving on

   Posted by: arcanai    in happy things

i did it.  i ordered the first new camera to fill in for my dearly departed.  yes, my beloved camera was so special that it will take two to replace her.  since it is summer and the kayaking and surf-learning is in full swing, our immediate need is for a waterproof camera. 

we had a waterproof housing for the old one and it worked wonderfully, but it wasn’t very convenient.  first, it was an extra thing to have to carry.  second, you had to clean and grease the o-ring before each use.  and then there was just the super bulkiness of it.  not that it’s a bad solution… since you can get a housing for pretty much any camera, you can definitely have a much better camera for underwater use… but it’s just not an easy, spur-of-the-moment kind of thing.  as such, this time we decided to get two cameras, one for underwater and everyday use and one for real photography. 

i had pretty much decided on the olympus 1030sw but i had trouble pulling the trigger on it.  see, i’ve always been a canon girl; i don’t know anything about olympus but they seem to have all of the waterproof cameras and canon had, well, none…  until now.  a couple weeks ago i was set to suck it up and order the olympus when i saw that canon had finally released their own u/w model.  i’ve been mulling it over and then, today, my cousin-in-law sent me a link to a one-day-only sale promotion for the canon d10.  it was meant to be!  i can’t wait for it to get here!!!

is it here yet???

2009
8
Jun
21:37

the quickest path to self loathing…

   Posted by: arcanai    in Nuthin' Special

is through the fitting room with a handful of bathing suits.  depressing, it is.  but, i did manage to find four bathing suits that that were not completely grotesque on me.  i really wanted to wait until i was slightly more svelte before making this dreadful shopping expedition but i’m down to one suit.  one suit just doesn’t cut it when you live at the beach.  so now i’ve got four potential suits and hubby has final veto power when he gets home.  i’d like to keep at least two of them but we’ll see.  here’s hoping that next time i have to go through that, it’s because i’ve shrunk.

2009
7
Jun
20:32

joining the 21st century

   Posted by: arcanai    in Nuthin' Special

yep, i finally got texting - unlimited, at that.  i excitedly started texting everyone who i know has texting.  i’ve been holding out for years but it was time.  and… it’s fun!  thanks to my new, pretty phone, it’s easy too.  my nephew even declared it cool.  that’s saying something!

2009
7
Jun
20:15

sunday, lazy sunday

   Posted by: arcanai    in Nuthin' Special

what a great sunday.  truly.  i slept until about 09:00, got up and watched a bit of tv until hubby came home from his run, made breakfast, and then went down to the beach.  we laid under our umbrella for about four hours talking to some neighbors, people watching, reading, and dozing.  i love laying in the shade with a nice breeze and listening to the waves.  such a great way to pass a sunday.  we then went to our plaza to upgrade my phone at the at&t store and grab some dinner.  such a wonderful day.  it was so great that i almost didn’t think about hubby abandoning me again tomorrow.  i’ve got to take him to the airport at the insanely early hour of 04:30.  that means it’s just about time for me to go to bed.

2009
6
Jun
21:10

bedroom blues

   Posted by: arcanai    in home sweet home, pix

last night, i stayed up very late finishing the wall behind the bed in our room.  hubby doesn’t think it was worthwhile but it is exactly the effect i was looking for.  i did stripes in the same color as the rest of the wall, but glossy.  i was going for a subtle, classy stripe that would kind of mirror the subtle stripes in the underside of our comforter and sheets.  in certain lights and angles, you can’t even tell it’s striped but i like the surprise effect when you do see it.  originally, i had planned on using a glossy polycrylic for the stripes, which i think would have punched it up some but that stuff is crazy expensive.  anyhow, i’m pleased and since i’m the one who’s spent over a dozen hours on those walls this week that’s all that really matters.  this morning, i slept in very late and then got up and started reassembling my bedroom.  i’m so happy with the overall look.  and i’m thrilled beyond belief that i’ll be sleeping in my bed again tonight!  i do wish that we had gone with a slightly darker blue in the bedroom but that’s okay.  as it is, it is supposed to be a few shades darker than the bathroom and hallway but in most light, you can’t tell any difference in them at all.  now, the only unpainted walls in the condo are the common areas – front hall, kitchen, living room. 

you’ll have to excuse the below pix.  since the death of my beloved camera, i’ve remained too sad to replace her.  i really need to as i greatly miss having a camera but it’s just not as easy as running to the store and picking one up.  these pix were taken with hubby’s iphone which doesn’t have flash and just isn’t the best camera. 

you can see the subtle stripes in this shot

you can see the subtle stripes in this shot

from this angle, you can hardly see the stripes at all and the hall looks like the same blue but it is actually a few shades lighter

from this angle, you can hardly see the stripes at all and the hall looks like the same blue but it is actually a few shades lighter

2009
5
Jun
16:07

oversleeping

   Posted by: arcanai    in Nuthin' Special

we missed the bridge run last night.  we both layed down for a nap after work and slept right through the run.  it was nice to know we were missed as nightingale called to see if we were okay afterward.  this morning, we overslept again.  we’ve been sleeping in the guest room this week since our room is torn apart due to painting.  that means cell phone alarms which is generally hubby’s job.  last night, i crashed and didn’t even think to remind him.  apparently when he came to bed several hours later, it didn’t occur to him.  no alarm this morning meant i was forty minutes late to work.  not a problem since i didn’t take a lunch break but i am shocked that we overslept twice within thirteen hours.  and guess who’s still tired?